Roane Medical Center Recognized by American Heart Association for Quality Stroke Care
Roane Medical Center receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association.
The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Roane Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.
Roane Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite review in November 2018 to receive this certification. An expert from The Joint Commission reviewed the hospital’s compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke occurs when the blood flow to an area of the brain is interrupted by a blocked or broken blood vessel. When a stroke occurs, it kills brain cells in the immediate area. When the brain cells die, they release chemicals that set off a chain reaction that endangers brain cells in a larger surrounding area of brain tissue. Without prompt medical treatment, this larger area will also die. When brain cells die, the abilities that area of the brain controls are lost or impaired. The degree of recovery depends on the amount of brain cell death.
There are several steps you can take to prevent stroke. The first is to know your risk for having a stroke. A stroke assessment will help you identify steps you may need to take to lower your risk level. There are also several prevention guidelines to help you guard against the possibility of stroke.
And be sure you know the symptoms of stroke. Based on these symptoms, if you suspect you or a loved one is having a stroke, call 911 immediately.